In 2018, we spoke to spouses Victoria and Santiago about how our meals help Santiago manage his Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis. Three years later, Victoria was diagnosed with breast cancer and began receiving meals herself. As Victoria learns to balance being a caretaker and monitoring her own health, she feels relief knowing that they will never have to worry about food.
Victoria and Santiago live together in their home in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Victoria is a retired teacher and Santiago was laid off from his job as a draftsman. When Santiago was first diagnosed nearly 20 years ago, Victoria didn’t know where to turn. As his dementia and other symptoms worsened, Victoria worried about how she would be able to care for him on her own.
After doing some research, Victoria was referred to God’s Love by the Alzheimer’s Association. Victoria was impressed when she was interviewed by our RDNs to create a healthy, balanced meal plan based on her husband’s dietary needs. Santiago, who is non-verbal, receives pureed meals that enable him to swallow his food more easily. Victoria says: